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    Arrow Salary

    "He was hired at reduced salary."

    Do I need to put an "a" right before "reduced"?

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    Re: Salary

    Quote Originally Posted by ShirleyLing View Post
    "He was hired at reduced salary."

    Do I need to put an "a" right before "reduced"?

    ***not a teacher***

    Hi. Yes, you do.

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    Re: Salary

    So "He was hired at reduced salary" is absolutely wrong?

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    Re: Salary

    Quote Originally Posted by ShirleyLing View Post
    So "He was hired at reduced salary" is absolutely wrong?
    The meaning is clear, so it's not absolutely wrong.

    But it's not idiomatic. Your readers will think 'Oh, look - Shirley's missed out a'.

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    Re: Salary

    Is it a British English/American English divergence?

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    Re: Salary

    Quote Originally Posted by ShirleyLing View Post
    "He was hired at reduced salary."

    Do I need to put an "a" right before "reduced"?
    It sounds fine to me without it.

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    Re: Salary

    So, "He was hired at reduced salary" is:
    (1) wrong under British standards.
    (2) correct under Australian standards.

    Hmmm

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    I'm a BrE speaker and I would use "He was hired at a reduced salary".

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    So, "salary" is always countable in BrE?

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    My Longman dictionary of contemporary English says it's countable and uncountable. How should I understand this?

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